Diabetes in the elderly: an under-diagnosed condition

Diabet Med. 1993 Apr;10(3):264-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.1993.tb00055.x.

Abstract

The proportion of the population aged 65 years and over is increasing. The Coventry Diabetes Study was able to investigate the prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes among elderly (aged > or = 65 years) Europeans (n = 1600) and South Asians (n = 288) in Foleshill, Coventry. The total prevalence of diabetes was higher in South Asians than Europeans among males (30.7 (95% CI 24.0-37.9)% vs 7.7 (95% CI 5.8-10.0)%, respectively) and females (24.0 (95% CI 17.5-32.4)% vs 12.5 (95% CI 10.6-14.8)%, respectively). The proportion with diagnosed diabetes was higher among South Asians than Europeans (55% vs 33%, p < 0.001), possibly because of their earlier onset. These findings suggest that detection of diabetes in elderly Europeans in urban areas may be inadequate.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged*
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Asia / ethnology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Factors
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology
  • Urban Population